Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Potato Goulash

Potato Goulash. A vegetarian - what am I saying? - a vegan (!) classic (if you choose to not add any Franks to it, as is fairly common around here). But why should you? It's good as it is. It's also easy and cheap. Simply: it can't get any better. Here is what we need for a about 2 people:
2 onions
2 garlic cloves
5 potatoes
salt, pepper, marjoram, caraway seed AND paprika (hot or sweet, I go with sweet)

Saute onions and garlic, add the peeled and cubed potatoes and paprika as you see fit. I personally go by color. The paprika quickly dries what's been going on in your pan so splash a little vinegar to cool it down. Then add the rest of your spices and cover the potatoes with water and cook until tender. You can balance the vinegar with a bit of sugar if necessary. In order to thicken it, I usually mash some of the potatoes. Done. Winter just got a little better.

PS: This is the fast little vegetarian sibling of the beef goulash, which needs a few hours for the onions to cook down until they are the sauce, basically. Next time, I'd like to try to give the sauce more time though and will add the potatoes after I've cooked the onions with the spices a little longer, similarly to the beef goulash!